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Antinomies of Democracy


9:00 am

Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
133 South 36th Street

With the the resurgence of fascism and xenophobia in the world, scholars and pundits have declared that democracy is in crisis. However, history reveals that democracies have always existed amidst systems that thrive on inequality.

This workshop will focus on two questions:

  • Are certain forms of exclusion intrinsic to the practice of democracy?
  • How distinct is contemporary democracy’s relationship to inequality from earlier periods in history?


Conference Participants:

Anne Norton / University of Pennsylvania

Tulia Falleti / University of Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Winters / Northwestern University

Michael Hanchard / University of Pennsylvania

Ariane Chebel D’Appollonia / Rutgers University

Christopher Parker / University of Washington

Demetra Kasimis / University of Chicago

Sophia Rosenfeld / University of Pennsylvania


9:00-9:15 Introduction, general remarks

9:15- 10:45- Panel 1 (Demetria Kasimis, Jeff Winters)

11:00- 12:30 Panel II ( Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Sophia Rosenfeld )

1:30- 3:00- Panel III (Christopher Parker, Tulia Falletti)

3:00-4:30-Panel IV, (Michael Hanchard, Anne Norton)

4:45 5:00- Concluding Remarks

This symposium is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Marginalized Populations Project, Center for Africana Studies, and Department of Africana Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of India, Political Science Department, and Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration.